It is our great pleasure to announce to you all that as of today, Hunkpati Investments is now Certified by the US Department of the Treasury. We are very pleased to join the other approximately 70 Native CDFIS in the United States who share this great distinction. To achieve certification, Hunkpati had to prove that it meets seven criteria, including that it is accountable to its community, provides appropriate support services for its clients, and is an experienced lending institution. This long process makes Hunkpati Investments eligible to receive additional funding from the US Treasury and demonstrates the long term financial sustainability of the organization.
Board Member Ronda Hawk had this to say about achieving CDFI Certification, “We’ve worked very hard for this. We are so thankful to the early help we received from our many project partners—Barry Griswell, Dustin Miller, Jason Yates, and Ashworth Road Baptist Church—who helped our reservation establish our CDFI. We are also grateful to the hard work of our current staff who have helped us achieve this accreditation. We will continue to work hard as we go forward, serving our community and expanding our service area and programming.”
Hunkpati Investments was created in 2009 to promote self-sufficiency, self-determination and an enhanced quality of life for the Crow Creek community. Hunkpati began lending in the fall of 2010 and currently provides microenterprise loans and small loans to help individuals improve their credit, as well as small business and financial literacy classes.